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SKYLINE CELEBRATES SCHOOL’S FIRST NCAA FOOTBALL SIGNEES
Ann Arbor, MI, February 1, 2012 – Two Skyline High School football players signed national letters of intent today, as they made their commitments to play at the next level official.
Highly touted wide receiver Jordan Woods, who verbally committed to the Purdue Boilermakers last Fall, heads the list. Woods was a two time All-SEC selection and was named to All-State teams as a junior and senior. He holds nearly every Skyline receiving record. The 6’3 senior ranked among the State’s leaders in receiving yards and touchdowns and led the most explosive passing offense in the Southeastern Conference. He finished the 2011 season with 45 receptions, 1163 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He also passed for 2 touchdowns.
Head Coach Rod Jones said, “Jordan Woods is a special kid. He has all the tools to play at a high level and really matured as a team leader this season. He will continue to grow at Purdue University and should contribute to their offense. If he works hard and continues to improve, we could be watching him play on Sundays.”
Woods chose Purdue over Michigan State, Iowa, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, and Bowling Green. He is also a member of the Eagles basketball team and is considering running track this Spring.
I picked Purdue because it was far enough away that I can be away from home but close enough that my family can watch me play. I also love their system and know they make a commitment to throwing the football,” said Woods. “Purdue is a great school and I also love their campus.”
Jacob Sheets signed with Wayne State University and was also part of the Eagles offensive machine. The offensive tackle helped protect quarterback Andrew Copp and was the mainstay of the offensive line. He blossomed this year under the tutelage of Rod Jones who spent seven seasons as an NFL offensive lineman. He was named to the SEC All-Academic team and was voted as the Skyline Most Outstanding Lineman.
“Jake Sheets has unlimited potential and I am extremely pleased he has an opportunity to play at the collegiate level,” said Jones. “ He is a great kid and has tremendous work ethic. He was a leader for us on the field and off the field ”
“I chose Wayne State because of their outstanding academic reputation overall, and in the field of medicine,” said Sheets. “It is close to home so that my family can continue to watch me play but far enough away that I can be an individual. I also felt comfortable with their coaches and felt it was a good situation for me.
Sheets is a member of the Skyline Track team and holds the school record in the shotput and discus throw. He also was recruited by Sienna Heights, Grand Valley State University, Albion College and Kalamazoo College. He is planning on pursuing a career in medicine.
Jarrius Mann also has committed to Western Michigan University to play football. The defensive end was part of a Skyline defense that improved dramatically this year. He is one of the top athletes in the school and also plays on the basketball team.
“Jarrius is blessed with athleticism and has unlimited potential,” said Rod Jones. He has good tools and can be a force on the defensive line. It is up to him to get the most out of his ability and become a solid player in the Mid-American Conference.”
“This is another great day for Skyline,” said athletic director, John Young. “For a young program like Skyline to have three players in their first graduating class play at collegiate level is truly remarkable. I compliment our coaches for the hard work they’ve put in teaching our players the proper fundamentals and work ethic so they may realize opportunities like this. It is great for our younger players to see their success and hopefully, they will be motivated to work hard so they may also have a chance to play at the next level.”
Eagles Basketball Teams Looking To Top Rats For First Time
by Jordan Woods on January 25, 2012
The boys’ basketball team is looking for their first varsity win in school history over cross-town rival, Ann Arbor Huron as they make the trip across town this Friday, January 27th. Last year the Eagles lost both regular season contests to the River Rats and suffered a third defeat in the MHSAA district finals. This Friday they are looking for pay back.
The Eagles (6-3) are coming off a strong performanc in a home win against Saline last Friday while Huron beat Pioneer (42-41) in that heated rivalry.
The girls basketball teams also play at Huron Friday and they too are looking for their first victory against the Rats. Friday is the first of two girl/boy double headers as Huron returns to Skyline on February 21st.
Friday night's schedule features the boys’ freshman and the girls’ JV games at 4:00 pm with the boys’ JV and the girls’ varsity games fo follow at 5:30. Tip off for the boys’ varsity will be around 7:00 p.m.
Come out and support Skyline’s basketball teams. Go Eagles!!!
Skyline Girls Basketball Looks To Bounce Back Against Hazel Park
by Jordan Woods on December 20, 2011
The Skyline women’s basketball team will be facing Hazel Park tonight in the first meeting ever between the two schools. Hazel Park is in search of their first win. They are coming off a tough loss against Southfield last week.
The Eagles are coming off a split last week with Dearborn Heights Robichaud and Lincoln. One of the Eagles goals against Robichaud was to take over the game in the first quarter and thats exactly what they did. The Eagles jumped out to an 18-2 lead and they never looked back. The final score was 65-28, the most points scored in Skyline women's basketball history!! Anita Vandermeulen led the Eagles offensive attack with 16 point while Janae Sims chipped in 14 and Syrah Vereen 10.
Lincoln was a different story. The Eagles started slow with Lincoln holding a 30-18 lead at halftime. In the second half, Skyline picked up the defense and cut the lead down to four points. They missed some opportunities and came up short losing 56-44. Janae Sims lead all scorers with 19 points. Syrah Vereen also had a good game with 8 points and 7 rebounds and Allison Young had 5 boards.
Head Coach Keith Wade is impressed with his team five games into the season, but he says they have things to work on. He is impressed with how fast the girls have picked up his new system and the defensive intensity the girls have shown. The things that he feels that his team needs to improve on are all the things young teams have to work on. Handling pressure and keeping their composure.
The Eagles tip off against the Hazel Park Vikings at 7:00 tonight at the Skyline Gym.
SKYLINE FINISH SIXTH IN MHSAA STATE MEET
SHANLEY BECOMES SKYLINE'S SECOND STATE CHAMPION
The Skyline Women’s Swimming and Diving team continued their winning tradition as they posted their third consecutive top 10 finish at the MHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at Eastern Michigan University this weekend. The Eagles posted a sixth place finish in this year’s Division 1 meet after finishing sixth last year in Divison 2. Skyline finished the 2009 season with a third place finish in Division 3.
Ashleigh Shanley became Skyline’s second State Champion when she won the 100 yd breast stroke with a time of 1:03.91. Teammate Shannon Cowley was a close second at 1:04.63, while Lexie Beemer, who was Skyline’s first State Champion, finished fourth at 1:05.10.
Shanley and Cowley also finished 4th and 7th respectively, in the 200 individual medley while Beemer was part of the 200 Free relay team with Johanna Buschhaus, Megan Knox and Kim Graziano that finished 9th. Skyline’s other two relay teams also had top 10 finishes as the 200 IM relay team of Meredith Bell, Shanley, Rebecca Dickey and Graziano finished 5th and the 400 Free relay team of Graziano, Dickey, Shanley, and Cowley finished 10th.
The Eagles rewrote the Skyline record book as eight school records fell at the State meet, several of which had just been set at Skyline during the 2011 SEC Championships two weeks ago. In addition to the previously mentioned swimmers, Susie Stevens and Hebe Clarke also turned in strong performances in helping the Skyline to its 6th place finish.
Shanley, Cowley and Beemer were named to the All-State team and have also been nominated for All-America consideration. Those teams will be announced in the Spring following the completion of the boys’ swimming season. Bell, Dickey, and Graziano, were also named to the All-State team for their outstanding efforts.
Congratulations to Coach Maureen Isaac and all the girls for another outstanding season and a great finish at the MHSAA State Championship meet!
WINTER ALL-ATHLETES MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 6PM ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28.
The Winter sports all-athletes meeting will take place on Monday, November 28 at 6:00 pm in the Skyline Gym. This meeting is mandatory for all parents and student athletes who are on a Winter sport team. The meeting will last for approximately 1 hour and information regarding eligibility, academics, department and AAPS rules, NCAA information and more will covered.
SKYLINE’S NICK SPONSELLER SIGNS BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP WITH HILLSDALE;
BECOMES EAGLES’ FIRST MALE SIGNEE
Ann Arbor, MI, November 16 , 2011 – Senior infielder Nick Sponseller accepted an offer to play baseball at Hillsdale college and made it official when he signed his national letter of intent on Tuesday. Sponseller becomes the first male athlete at Skyline to sign a college scholarship offer. He joins Maggie Halloran, who will play volleyball at MSU, as members of the Eagles’ class of 2012 who will have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level.
“Hillsdale is where I always wanted to go to school”, said Sponseller. “I like the small school atmosphere because it is a little more personal and the professors know the students better. I thought the baseball team had great chemistry and I really like the coaches. It is a good fit for me.”
Sponseller has played third base, shortstop, pitcher and second base for Skyline but thinks he will primarily be a third baseman at Hillsdale. He is undecided on his major.
“Nick has been an instrumental part of the growth of the Skyline program,” said head coach Frank Garcia. “He has played every infield position and has been solid on the mound. He has hit in the middle of our order every year and was named to the SEC all-conference team as a junior. We are looking for big things from him as a senior.”
"I'm very happy for Nick and for the Skyline baseball program," said athletic director John Young. "I appreciate the effort that Nick and the rest of our student athletes have put in to make our teams successful. I thank the coaching staff for working with our student athletes and pushing them so that they have opportunities like these."
SKYLINE CELEBRATES SCHOOL’S FIRST DIVISION I SIGNEE AS MAGGIE HALLORAN INKS SCHOLARSHIP FROM MICHIGAN STATE
Senior volleyball player Margaret “Maggie” Halloran became the first student athlete in Skyline High School’s brief history to sign a national letter of intent today, as she made her commitment to play at Michigan State University official.
Halloran selected the Spartans over Syracuse, Indiana, Bowling Green and Dayton University. “The MSU coaching staff is outstanding,” said Halloran. “They work very well together and it really felt like a family atmosphere when I visited them. MSU has a great academic reputation and has a beautiful campus. East Lansing is close to home so my family will be able to attend many of the matches”
Skyline coach Cassie Petoskey, who also played in the Big Ten (Michigan, 06-09) said, “Maggie was a very consistent player for me and I always had confidence that she would play her best when we needed her to. She led by example all season and her teammates looked up to her. She was a great player to coach. I am proud of her accolades thus far and I am excited to see how her career moves forward at Michigan State.”
Halloran has been a standout in the Skyline program for four years and is a two-time All-Southeastern Conference and All-Region selection for the Eagles. She led Skyline to their first MHSAA district championship game appearance this year in just their second season of varsity competition. She dominated the first two rounds of the district tournament and posted 44 kills, 47 digs, 14 aces and 9 blocks. She finished her senior season with 484 kills, 350 digs, 46 aces and 103 blocks.
“This is a day of celebration for Skyline,” said athletic director, John Young. “It has been a rewarding experience to help create the foundation of this athletic program and see it grow. I am happy that we are seeing the results of all the hard work our coaches, teachers and staff members have put forth to make it successful. Maggie is the first of many Skyline athletes who will have the opportunity to play at the next level and I am excited for her to represent Skyline at Michigan State University."
Skyline opened its doors in the Fall of 2008 with just the class of 2012 and will graduate its first seniors in June. The athletic program has grown as the school’s population has expanded over the past four years and the building process is complete. The Eagles are a member of the Southeastern Conference and now compete at the varsity level in all of its 31 sports.
The athletic program at Skyline High School is based on student interest. The program is led by John Young the Athletic Supervisor and his coaching staff. Together they are creating a strong, competitive, student-centered athletic program. Please direct athletic questions to John Young (email@example.com).